How does a programmable thermostat work?
Are you trying to find the BEST way to save energy? While investing in efficiency is always a safe bet, there are additional things you can buy that can help you save even MORE energy – like a programmable thermostat.
First, a little something about thermostats. Essentially, a thermostat is what you use to control your heating and air conditioning system. There are different thermostats that are compatible with different systems. For example, if you have a two-stage heating and air conditioning system, you are going to want to invest in a two-stage thermostat to get expected comfort and efficiency.
Now, a programmable thermostat is an extra something special. These models still are compatible with different equipment, BUT you can use them to schedule your heating and cooling equipment to run at different temperatures during different times of the day or different days of the week.
So, for example, say it is summer and you go to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During that time, you can raise the temperature. This way, you can avoid wasting energy dollars cooling a vacant home. Worried about your home being too hot by the time you get home? DON’T! You can program the thermostat to kick on at a lower temperature about a half hour before you are scheduled to get home. This way, you won’t miss a minute of optimal comfort!
There are also programmable thermostat models that will make sure that your house is comfortable BEFORE you get home. If you set the programmable thermostat to adjust to a cooler temperature at 5:00 PM, it will tell the unit to start cooling at 4:30 PM. This way, your home is at the exact temperature you want at the exact time you want.
Tell us, do you have a programmable thermostat in your home? How do you use it to save energy?